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This blog post is part of my hCG Pharmacy 101 series. For more information, check out my pharmacy tour where you can watch and read a recap of my trip to one of Nu Image Medical’s drug outsourcing facilities.
In this post, we are going into the details of the sterilization process of your hCG injection vials.
I’m sure a lot of you are wondering why hCg is so expensive, right? Well, a huge part of the reason is because of how thorough and exhaustive its preparation is. As Michael the pharmacist said many times during my visit, prior to compounding hCG, they have to make sure that they have the best possible components and products. A significant part of what goes into that is following a meticulous sterilization process.
The following is everything that has to happen BEFORE you even start to make compounded hCG. BEFORE.
This is the type of stuff that kind of opened my eyes a bit (okay more than a bit) to how involved the process is for making hCG suitable for injections. This video explains the sterilization process for some of the materials used in making hCG injections, and you can learn more about why all this stuff being sterile is so important here.
A few interesting notes:
This process involves using what is called an Autoclave – basically, kind of like an oven or a pressure cooker, to depyrogenate……Wait! Wait! I think I’m losing you! Please don’t go!
As I was saying, an Autoclave (i.e. kinda-specialty-medical-oven/dishwasher-thingy) is used to depyrogenate (dee-pie-roh-jen-ate) all the empty vials and rubber stoppers that will eventually contain each person’s hCG. This means removing the bad stuff – things like bacteria, that if injected (thereby bypassing some of the natural safety mechanisms in your body like your stomach and stuff) could make you very ill…or worse.
Depyrogenation eliminates pyrogens which are commonly found in injectables. Pyrogens are produced by bacteria and are responsible for causing fever.
Autoclaves use high-pressure steam (with heat that’s waaaay above boiling point) to kill off germs. Using an autoclave is kind of like cooking, although in a more extreme way.
During my pharmacy tour, Michael explained how strict they are when it comes to testing the quality of their sterilization technique and equipment. The pharmacy runs sterility tests by using a sample that undergoes sterilization. Afterwards, the sample gets sent to their facility in New York and this is done every. single. week.
Michael explains that this is so they can make sure that they are maintaining the highest level of sterility that can be achieved so you get the safest and most potent hCG.
I have so much to relate to you all from my pharmacy tour so check out my other hCG Pharmacy 101 posts and find out more about the very strict processes that go into making real, potent, and safe hCG injections!
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